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Exporting MySQL database in SSH

Updated Apr 8th, 2021 at 15:25 BST

Servers without a control panel (such as cPanel, Plesk, or VPS) do not have phpMyAdmin installed. To manage databases without a control panel, you need to use the SSH command line to import .SQL backup files.

Connect to your server or shared hosting account with SSH Locate your database information:

Find your database hostname Now that you have your database hostname you can get your database name, username, and password by viewing your database details.

Connect to MySQL using the following command:

   $ mysqldump -p -h hostname -u username database > dbname.sql

Enter the database information for your database:

                -p : Password
                -h : Hostname
                -u : Username
                database : Database name
                dbname.sql : Name you want for the backup file

When you see "Enter password": enter your password for that MySQL user Your database is now exported to the file dbname.sql and is ready for your to download to your local computer